Remembering the March on Washington, 50 years later

Growing up in a region of the south that was part of the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement, I’ve always felt a certain connection to the past fight Jim Crow.  The high school that I attended was officially desegregated only 6 years prior to my birth.  As a child, I frequently visited the famous Woolworth’s store where four young male students from North Carolina A&T State University participated in the first sit-in, before it closed in the early 1990s.  My father and uncles were born in the “black hospital” that provided health and medial services to African Americans in central North Carolina, at a time when they had no other option.  I am a child of the Civil Rights Movement and part of Martin Luther King’s dream.

March on Washington - 1963 - Carla Franklin

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, a critical milestone in the movement for racial equality in America.  The 1963 March on Washington was one of the largest of its time, bringing together people of all races and ages in a fight to end racial apartheid in the United States.  Today, I will remember those who fought and sacrificed for my right to live as an equal member of American society.

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Flash Flashback: Take on me

 

Remember when MTV used play music videos? Before Reality TV…before autotunes…back when artists could actually sing and play instruments.  If you do, you’re probably an 80s kid like me.  This video by A-ha, reminds me that time in the 80s.  Who didn’t love “Take On Me”?  Such a beautiful story line too….Boy falls in love with a girl from another dimensions, and does everything be with her.

Techno Fashionista: DIY, At-Home gel manicure kits – worth the investment

Six weeks ago I ordered an “at home” gel manicure kit from one of my favorite online flash sale sites.  I am a do-it-yourselfer, so this was right up my ally.  When my new Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit arrived in the mail, I was totally excited.   As a huge fan of gel manicures and pedicures, I frequently dole out $70 – $80 per visit for the beautiful, glossy gel effect that lasts 2-3 weeks without chipping like regular polish.   When I saw the Red Carpet Pro Kit listed on GiltGroup.com, I thought, “why not try it”.  It will pay for itself in 2-3 uses.

Carla Franklin - Gel Manicure set

The kit was really easy to use came with a classic red polish.  I purchased additional colors and fell in love with a Coral color that accentuated my brown skin so well.  Just like the salon, I exposed my nails to the UV light dome between coats, which allowed the gel to dry instantly.  The top coat sealed the color in and gave my nails a great glossy/wet look that lasted 2.5 week.

Carla Franklin - Gel nails

I highly recommend at home, DIY gel manicure kits.  They are easy, cost effective and fun. Red Carpet Manicure sells great starter kits, but I’m sure there are other great brands also.  Additional gel colors can be purchased at Ulta.com or Target.com for roughly the same price as regular polish.

Techno Fashionista: A pink swing skirt to brighten up the work day

It was so much fun to wear this ensemble to the office last week.  Colorful skirts and dresses always provide a feminine flare and a great alternative to the drab and boring work dark suit (black, grey, navy blue…take your pick…boring!).  I coordinated a hot pink skirt by “Wow Couture” with a black “BCBG” top, adorned with a beaded accent.  A pair of black peep toe shoes by Nine West, rounded out my outfit.  Ladies, don’t be afraid of color in the office. Bright hues are a great way to liven up your work day!!!!

Carla Franklin - Hot pink 1

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Happy birthday Whitney – One of America’s greatest singers ever….

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Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey.  This beautiful song bird entered the music scene in the 80s and took the world by storm.  I remember being in awe of her as a child.  Whitney’s voice and beauty were both remarkable.  Her untimely death last February was tragic, but her legacy and music will live on.  Happy birthday Whitney…you are still loved and dearly missed.